Published 09 August 2022 4 min read
England Women's Senior Team

Ella relives EURO celebrations

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Nicholas Veevers

The Lionesses goalscoring hero lifts the lid on the hours that followed EURO 2022 victory over Germany at Wembley...

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Just over a week on from England’s EURO 2022 victory celebrations and Ella Toone has been reliving the crazy 24 hours enjoyed by the squad.

The Lionesses’ win over Germany at Wembley last Sunday sparked 1000s of parties across the country, before the squad kept that going into Monday with a celebration alongside 7000 fans at London landmark Trafalgar Square.

And Toone, who opened the scoring in the Final after coming off the bench, has revealed exactly what went on in the hours after England lifted the trophy in front of a jubilant home crowd.

“It’s just a big whirlwind of emotions,” she said.

“It was an unbelievable 24 hours - everyone was dancing, beers flying everywhere, there’s Abba, Céline Dion...

“Players and staff were on the bus, the whole way back to the hotel there was partying. Everyone was everywhere on tables, chairs, down the alleyways.

“We got back to the hotel and all our friends and family were there and we danced. The paparazzi were welcoming us as we got off the bus.
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“As soon as we went into the hotel all our family and friends were there. We had pizza post-match, they treated us with canapés.

“There were balloons, a big cake, dance floor, DJ, band, honestly everything. Everyone was on the dance floor. The whole dance floor, you couldn’t see it, it was so slippery everywhere.”

With the tournament being staged on home soil, the squad were acutely aware of the effect their performances were having on the public as the momentum got bigger once the knockout stages began.

And having seen the reaction to becoming EURO champions for the first time at senior level, the Manchester United forward is satisfied that the Lionesses have done what they set out to do both on and off the pitch.

“It's crazy - now we've seen what the whole outside world has been saying, it's crazy, we're not in our own little bubble anymore, we're off on our own paths now and I'm just over the moon,” she added.
Ella celebrates her opening goal at Wembley in the EURO 2022 Final at Wembley Stadium
Ella celebrates her opening goal at Wembley in the EURO 2022 Final at Wembley Stadium
“That's what we set out to do in this tournament, make the nation proud, fight for women and get young girls involved as well and I think we've done that for every single woman in this world.

“Of course, we always want more. We wanted this, and we've been waiting a long, long time for this and now we've got it, and we want more.

“Obviously we want to go to the World Cup and do exactly what we've just done.”

England will be back in action in early September when they take on Austria and Luxembourg in their final World Cup qualifying games as they bid to secure a place at next year’s finals in Australia and New Zealand.

And you can also see Ella and many of her England squad mates in action in the Barclays Women’s Super League, which starts on the weekend of 10 and 11 September.

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